Who We Are
The Missouri Baptist Convention (MBC) is a network of 1,800 independent Southern Baptist churches that work together to carry out the Great Commission. Missouri Baptists elect an Executive Board that oversees the convention’s ministries, which in turn are carried out by the MBC missionary staff.
MBC ministries are funded by the faithful giving of Missouri Baptists through the Cooperative Program through their local churches.
Missouri Baptists recognize eight regional areas in the state and work cooperatively with 61 Baptist associations. Each association represents a number of Baptist churches in a particular region.
What is a Missouri Baptist church?
A Missouri Baptist church is a local body of baptized Christians who believe Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God. Missouri Baptist churches are affiliated with the Missouri Baptist Convention. The MBC is affiliated with the national Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). By covenanting together in their faith, church members seek to extend the gospel message to the ends of the earth.
Membership (Excerpt from Article IV of the the MBC Constitution)
Section 1. Any Southern Baptist church singly aligned with the Convention and desiring to cooperate with the Convention in her program of single alignment with the Southern Baptist Convention and any Baptist church meeting the qualifications stated in Section 2 shall be entitled to one messenger for every one hundred members or fraction thereof, or for every $2,500.00 given to the Convention through the Cooperative Program in the previous reporting year, provided that no church shall be entitled to have more than fifteen messengers.
Section 2. In accordance with the agreement in the year 1919, Missouri Baptists shall continue in fellowship with the multiple aligned churches who were affiliated with the Missouri Baptist Convention as of 1961.
Each messenger is elected by his/her local church and attends the annual meeting to vote on convention business. Messengers are not instructed how to vote by the churches, but vote their own conscience on matters ranging from the election of convention officers to adopting a budget for the coming fiscal year.
Attendance at the annual meeting is not limited to messengers.
Although not eligible to vote on convention business, many visitors may attend the convention sessions for the benefit of worshiping with other Baptists from across the state.
Who are the Convention Officers?
Each year, convention messengers elect officers to fill these positions: President, First Vice President, Second Vice President and Recording Secretary. The officers preside over the Missouri Baptist Convention Annual Meetings and also serve as ex-officio members of the Missouri Baptist Convention’s Executive Board.
The 2016-2017 officers (who will preside over the 2017 annual meeting) are:
President: Ken Parker
First Vice President: Jeremy Muniz
Second Vice President: Tim Smith
Recording Secretary: Rick Biesiadecki
Missouri Baptists financially support and elect the board members of three entities:
Missouri Baptists recognize eight regional divisions or “areas” within the state and 64 associations in which local churches are grouped for cooperation with one another.
The Cooperative Program
The Cooperative Program (CP) is the funding process Southern Baptists have used since 1925 to support missions and evangelism at the state, national, and international levels. Through CP the mission of one church is extended to ministries that reach the lost, hungry, and hurting.